THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >
MAMA, LOOK! by Patricia J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A cheery springboard for small nature lovers to have their own 'Mama, look!' opportunities. (author and illustrator's note; suggestions for families) (Picture book. 2-4)"
What's better than a young child enjoying a nature walk with Mama? Read full book review >

ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With picture books seeming to hew to ever more minimalist approaches, this retelling of a Norse myth, rich with adventure and mystery in a wonderfully picturesque package, comes as an opulent treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An unlikely hero rescues his Icelandic village in this picture-book retelling of "The Binding of Fenrir." Read full book review >
BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"For a book that really comes down to a sick kid yelping for his mother, his nose so clogged it needs dynamite to clear, the story has a lot of adorable acreage. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When you're sick and stuffy, some letters—like T's and L's and M's—disappear. Read full book review >
INNOCENT HEROES by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A steppingstone to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse (1983) and a worthy introduction to the Great War. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Brouwer uses the assault on Vimy Ridge during World War I to highlight the bravery of both Canadian troops and the animals that served. Read full book review >

THE LAND OF NOD by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A warm reminder that adventures await, no further away than the nearest pillow. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child confined indoors by an injury tumbles off to dreamland in this surreal but comforting edition of the classic short poem. Read full book review >
SAM THE MAN & THE RUTABAGA PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Readers will be happy to spend time with Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Sam is saddled with a rutabaga as his vegetable for the next two weeks in second-grade science. Read full book review >
SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >
ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU by Cheryl Keely
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"A fine introduction to bridges and the great truth of connectivity. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Bridges are great metaphors, but they are pretty cool in their own right. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >